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Stantec to acquire VOA in major push to expand building practice

Global design firm Stantec has signed a letter of intent to acquire VOA Associates Incorporated (VOA), a 280-person Chicago-based architecture and planning firm.

VOA is recognized for dynamic building designs serving major clients in the hospitality, commercial, healthcare, workplace, entertainment and cultural, and government sectors.
With commissions across the US and internationally, VOA has additional office locations in New York, NY; Washington, DC; Orlando, FL; and Highland, IN.

Bob Gomes, Stantec president and CEO, said, “VOA strengthens our collective ability to grow our building practice in US markets. Their talented staff has produced an impressive portfolio of workplace, healing, leisure, learning, civic, and entertainment venues.
“Culturally, they share our commitment to transform lives through integrated design and active community engagement. We’re excited to welcome VOA to the Stantec team.”

Michael Toolis, VOA’s CEO and chairman, ADDED, “Joining Stantec expands horizons and opportunities for our staff and clients. Both firms share a commitment to design, a global growth strategy, and market diversity.

“We’re thrilled to become part of this top-tier company and to continue our design legacy alongside this premier team of professionals.”

VOA’s notable New York projects include the new Virgin Hotel, scheduled to debut in 2018, and the Baltic, an 11-story condo tower in Brooklyn, expected to be completed next year.

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